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Think of a Number (Dave Gurney, No. 1): A Novel (Dave Gurney #1)

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An extraordinary fiction debut, Think of a Number is an exquisitely plotted novel of suspense that grows relentlessly darker and more frightening as its pace accelerates, forcing its deeply troubled characters to moments of startling self-revelation.

Arriving in the mail over a period of weeks are taunting letters that end with a simple declaration, “Think of any number…pic
Paperback, 448 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Broadway Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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There is a new voice in psychological thrillers and his name is John Verdon. Think of a Number is an unbelievably, excellent debut novel. This one will grab you from the get go! The suspense builds, the plot thickens, your heart races, your palms sweat, the pace accelerates and you tighten your grip to navigate the twists and turns coming at break neck speed. Good thing the pages fairly turn themselves as you will need both of your hands to hold on. This book is unputdownable! The writing is cle
M-A-R-A-V-I-L-H-O-S-O!! Um dos policiais mais bem conseguidos que li até hoje. Recomenda-se vivamente para quem gosta (adoraaaa, como eu) este género e mesmo para quem não é muito fã do género.
James Thane
Dave Gurney has recently retired from his job as one of the NYPD's most talented homicide investigators. He's moved to a rural area in upstate New York and is attempting to rebuild his relationship with his wife, Madeleine, who has always been forced to take a back seat to his job. But then Dave receives a plea for help from Mark Mellery, an old college classmate, who has received a threatening communication--a poem, actually--from someone who claims to know his most intimate secrets.

To prove t
Sandra Stiles
This book took me longer to read than most books. The reason? I kept trying to figure out the clues. I am obviously not very good at that. Dave Gurney is a retired detectivce. He has retired and is now spending time with his wife. Unfortunately after suggesting he take an art class with her, his wife is not happy with the path that class has taken. First of all her husband is creating art out of the mug shots of serial killers he put away. Second of all she can tell that the instructor has the h ...more
Think of a number between 1 and 1,000: Go on, first one that enters your head.


So John Verdon arrives on the scene with a cliche-ridden brick of a book about a genius detective whose obsessive behaviour is damaging his marriage and so he has retired from the NYPD to upstate NY where everything will be much better...if he doesn't get dragged into solving a mystery for an old college mate who is being sent freaky hand-written messages by a scary person who seems to know more about the recipient t
Dee Dee Walker
I just finished this book and I have to say that I was quite disapointed. I began this book with raving reviews. It wasn't until a was about half way through that I started to rethink how great this book was. I have to confess that I was totally caught up with the mystery of how the killer seems to read minds. Put quite simply, the killer ask the victim, via a letter, to think of a number and the killer professes to know what that number will be. The number is in a sealed envelope. The number is ...more
Tim Warner
Having just finished this book, I might rate it far too highly. But it is an incredible read on many levels. I kept thinking that if John Updike wrote a thriller, well, this would be it. It isn't imitative of Updike, but it carries the weight or maybe better said, the angst of developed characters dealing with interior landscapes rarely explored in this genre.

The book is not what I would call a page turner, until towards the end. In fact, there is a plodding sense to the pacing of the story whic
Larry Bassett
Apr 14, 2014 Larry Bassett rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Larry by: Jeanette
Shelves: mystery
Un-fucking-believable but a great story with adrenaline and thought provocation too.

This is the first book in what is, at this time, a four book series about the retired star police homicide detective Dave Gurney who still wants to keep his thumb in the pudding. He has moved from NYC to rural upstate NY, has a perceptive wife and the hint of some life trauma, an “accident” that was the death of their four year old son. This author was suggested to me by a new GR friend so is a trial run for me.
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
I’ve been successfully cured of my addiction to mysteries and thrillers year ago, but when Audible dangled this lovely carrot right in front of my nose in the form of their Audible daily deal, I simply couldn’t resist. John Verdon has been receiving a lot of praise from those far more familiar with the genre so of course I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

Think of a Number starts off very strongly, with a seemingly unsolvable puzzle in front of our retired detective. Dave Gurney has bee
Sam Quixote
I made it to page 20 of this mediocre "thriller" before throwing in the towel. I realise that it's not giving it much of a chance, how could any writer bring energy or develop a plot in that time? Well some writers have, notably Michael Connelly and Stephen King, which is probably why they're as famous as they are.

John Verdon isn't much of a writer though. Here are some examples of his awful writing that made me put the book down:

"He realised that planting tulip bulbs on a glorious Indian-summe
Sé lo que estás pensando ha resultado ser una lectura intrigante y con mucho trasfondo psicológico. Un thriller policial muy bien ambientado, con un caso bastante atípico y que llama la atención del lector desde el principio, puede que peque de ser algo lento pero, eso sí, me enganchó una barbaridad.

Algumas ideias sobre o livro:

- Gostei da premissa do livro porque parecia um pouco diferente do que tinha lido até agora dentro do género policial
- Está muito concentrado no desenrolar da investigação criminal - característica que me agradou bastante! - e não se perdia muito com aspectos mais pessoais da vida das personagens. No entanto, apesar de por um lado isso ter sido bom, por outro, principalmente na parte final, acho que pecou um pouco; havia algumas coisas que pediam algo mais conclusivo
It's 9PM and I'm thinking: "I'll lay in bed for a bit, read and call it a night. Gotta get up early, wake my daughter up, fix her lunch, get breakfast ready and then take her to school." The book I'm reading is John Verdon's latest: Let the Devil Sleep. The plate that sits on top of the chimney on the roof sends the sound of rain - like soft staccato bullets - down the chimney chute into the bedroom. I hit the power switch on my Kindle and focus on the page before me.

After reading a few hundred
I hate to say a book was bad, but this book was bad. The characters were almost interesting, if they hadn't been so archetypal. The plot started off interesting (though it got less so as it moved toward the climax of the story line). The writing - bad. I felt like the author had a list of nonverbal descriptions, analogies, and big words that he was trying to find a place for and would therefore shove them into the thoughts or dialogue of characters that would not have used those words. The descr ...more
Another 24 hour book - it is a must read for someone who is just dying for a good curl up by the fire and enjoy the snow or cold weather with a book. I'm cheating a bit here because I know three things about this book that make me confident that it is that good. First it has been nominated for both the Edgar first novel and Edgar best mystery of the year. Second, it came personally recommended by Harlan Coben (2 degrees of separation), who said this is the new up and coming author. Lastly, I rea ...more
You have the keys to the Ferrari in your hand. As you step in and shut the door behind you your eyes sweep over the gauges. You place the key in the ignition. Wait for it, wait for it. You turn the ignition to the on position. The engine starts up with a throaty growl. You feather the gas. VROOM! VROOM! With sweaty palms and trembling hands you grab the shift knob and start working through the gears. Your eyes glance at the speedometer as the world starts to spin past your windshield. 60. 90. 12 ...more
Jennifer Osterman
I love a good mystery. I grew up on Agatha Christie and Elizabeth Peters. When I watch "whodunit" TV shows with my husband, we place bets on who did it and why, and usually we've figured it out within the first 15 minutes of the show. Lately that's how I have felt while reading mystery books. However, while reading "Think of a Numb3r", I found my theories repeatedly disproved. This, and the puzzling nature of the "think of a number" puzzle, kept me very involved in this book. There was one puzzl ...more
Think Of A Number
Author John Verdon

Think of any number and I promise you that I will know which one you picked. Sounds like a parlor trick or a card trick. No so! This is more serious. Imagine receiving a note and several unsigned poems from an unknown source telling you that you will pay for what you have done, for your past and for your sins. What if you guessed a number in your head and opened an envelope sent with this poem that told you the number you picked. How would you react?

You open th
Eva Maraki
Εκπληκτικά καθηλωτικό,γεμάτο ανατροπές..από τα καλύτερα που διάβασα
Shannon Burrows
Jul 22, 2011 Shannon Burrows rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: first-read
Awesome! Well done! Looking forward to trying anything this author writes! Stayed up way past my bedtime to try to finish and had to pick it up FIRST thing this morning with my coffee!
Jan 20, 2011 Andrea rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery and crime lovers
Note: SPOILERS!! Don't read if you want to be surprised by who the killer is!!

I borrowed Think of a Number from my grandmother to read and I finished it fairly quickly. I'm not usually a big fan of mystery novels but this one drew me in with the interesting number trick. The whole time I was reading the book, I just wanted to know how the killer had done it! How could he predict what number out of a thousand a person would think of?? It drove me nuts enough to keep reading until I found out. By
Los primeros capítulos me bastaron para saber que no se trataba de un libro brillantemente escrito y que sus diálogos carecían de naturalidad, forzados en varias ocasiones como si el autor recurriera a ellos con el único propósito de ir dándole información al lector. No obstante, descubrir cómo el autor de los mensajes se las había ingeniado para adivinar el número pensado por cada una de sus víctimas mantuvo mi interés lo suficiente como para no darle tanta importancia a esos detalles.

Mi primer
Tempo de Ler
Um enredo interessante e intrigante que só poderia proporcionar umas boas (e empolgantes!) horas de distracção!

A leitura de Pensa num Núm3ro, por não ser de estrutura demasiado complexa, é bastante fluída, sem um desnecessário exagero em complexidade, como é por vezes comum neste tipo de livro.
Dave Gurney dificilmente gerará empatia imediata por parte do leitor, mas as suas lutas internas relativamente aos seus problemas e falhas pessoais humanizam-no bastante aos nossos olhos e, uma vez que se
Eu adoro policiais, e quando li esta sinopse cedi ao meu desejo de levar a estreia de Verdon para casa. John não nos trás o serial killer típico, porém, ele tem um QI acima da média, onde cria cenas elaboradas. Como consegue ele adivinhar um número em que pensamos, que não tem qualquer significado para nós, mandando uma carta? É realmente perturbador...
David Gurney é um policia de Nova Iorque, aposentado, que chegou a Nova York para morar com a sua esposa, Madeleine. Ambos ainda estão de luto pe
Sumando Libros

Debo reconocer que ESTE es el primer libro que leo en género policial “al menos a este nivel” y no dudo que termine como película en un par de años mas, ya que atrae tanto como las siguientes:

-El Silencio de los Inocentes/El Silencio de los Corderos
Libro 1988 Thomas Harris.
-Los 7 pecados capitales/ Seven
Pelicula 1995
- El Coleccionista de Huesos
Libro 1997 Jeffery Deaver
[A mi parecer] son las mejores películas en este estilo = asesino v/s policía

Sé lo que estas pensando… Alguna vez has
One of the best books I've ever read. Maybe it's even the best one.
John Verdon is a genius. Seriously, he's an amazing author.
I couldn't put the book down. I just wanted to read more and more and more.
This book is good in so many levels. It's so interesting and it truly keeps your mind with the desire to find out what's going on. Oh and the writing was just so painfully good! Honestly, I enjoyed every sentence and every word.
Do yourself a favor and READ THIS BOOK.
I can't wait to read the fol
Gostei da maneira como o autor escrevia, acho que ele tem jeito com as palavras, gostei dos diálogos, e acima de tudo gostei muito da história, e da inteligência do Gurney, também gostei muito do facto do livro falar um bocado sobre a psicologia dos criminosos, da referência a um criminoso famoso dos EUA, o tal Ted Bunty (nunca tinha ouvido falar claro, mas fui à net ver na altura em que o nome foi mencionado).
Alias em uma parte do livro cheguei a pensar dar 5 estrelas pelos pormenores todos e m
This is hard to believe that this is a debut author. Mr. Verdon with all the twists and turns he takes the reader on, will keep you on the edge of your seat. To tackle the age old premise of a serial killer, who thinks he's smarter than the local police sounds all too familiar. But, this one is an inventive take on how our bad guy thinks his puzzles will not be solved. His hero Dave Gurney, you can not help but like. It's like he was put on this earth to solve these type of puzzles. And, the exc ...more
I really liked this book. Even though the premise was a bit implausible, Verdon carried it off with great success. It was well-written and never went over the top for shocks or suspense. The main character was well-developed and the subplot with his marital issues and family tragedy gave the story some depth you don't always see in these stories, or seen handled as well. Can't give it 5 stars as the identity of the killer was no shock and could have been hidden better. However, it still was an e ...more
Ryan Tobin
"Think Of A Number" took its time in easing me into the storyline before accelerating to a breakneck speed!

I felt like I was thoroughly introduced to the story's main character, Dave Gurney, and I found that his discoveries of how the killer moved through various crime scenes (to cause confusion amongst the police) was absolutely riveting. Learning the methods of the killer piece by piece only to discover that in no way do the clues left behind lead you any closer to his identity.
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JOHN VERDON has held several executive positions with Manhattan advertising firms, but like his protagonist, he recently relocated with his wife to rural upstate New York.
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